Vets British and National League

Summary of Vets British and National League 11th and 12th Oct 2014.


This year saw a combined event staged at Raf Cosford with all team from the Mens / Womens British and National Leagues.

An impressive venue was kitted out with 36 tables and many of the top British Veteran Men and Women on view.

Draycott had two teams in the Mens British League and one team in the National League.

The first team playing in the British League Premier Division had a good first weekend, sitting mid table having played 5 won 3 and lost 2.


In Division 2b of the British League the second team were led by club chairman Jon Bayliss. The 2nd team consisted of Alan cherry Nigel Adams Jon bayliss and Paul Jennings with new signing Tony Gorman unable to play due to a ruptured achilles

The week end got off to a bad start with division favourites Fusion playing with top vet Clive Carthy and Nigerian international Ramond Shita taking all 4 matches and Martin Smith taking 1 to start the day with a 5-1 loss Alan Cherry winning the lone set.

The next game fared better with a 3-3 draw against Boarder Rivers  Jon Bayliss taking two and Nigel Adams 1 Alan Cherry lost a 12-14 match in the 5th to Jim Stanas

Paul Jennings came in for the next match against Wolves Vets however could not prevent a 5-1 loss this time Alan beat Steve Robinson

On the Sunday the team recorded two draws the first against PSP insurance Jon winning two with an epic battle against Ian Pickford winning 11-9 in the firth Alan chipped in with the win against Ian also.

The final match was against Chippenham again Jon won two this time Nigel Adams chipped in with the win against Paul baker

This leaves the team joint bottom with 3 points however the team is hopefully to avoid relegation with tony returning after injury and only 1 point separating third from sixth


The third team had a slightly better weekend in a very even standard of teams in Division 1b of the National League. They sit in third place with 1 win 3 draws and 1 loss. Club players Dave Greaves won 3 from 4 and Andy Portlock 4 from 6.

Under the captaincy of Dave Greaves the 3rd team began their campaign against local rivals  Whitworth Academy.

Representing Draycott on the Saturday were Dave Roberts, Jeff Craighill and Andy Portlock as Dave Greaves was still struggling with a back injury.

All three played well at times and each won one of their two games leaving the match at a 3 -3 draw.

The second match was against Pudsey with the same three players for Draycott again winning one game each for a further draw.

The third Saturday match was against Olop 1 the same three again  played for Draycott. It was a hard fought match with Andy Portlock obtaining an impressive two wins. Unfortunately that was it with a 4 – 2 loss.

Sunday saw a change to the team with Dave Greaves stepping in for Andy Portlock.

The first match against Graham Spicer 1 resulted in a 5 -1 win. The match started with an impressive win by Jeff Craighill over Phil Cawser. Dave Greaves picked up 2 wins and Dave Roberts 1.

In the final match of the weekend a very tight match against Blackpool 1  which again resulted in a draw. The match could have gone either way with Dave Greaves picking up the last game of the day to grab the draw having lost his first game at deuce in the fifth.

The end result was to finish in third , one point behind second  place and with new signing Jeff Rigby to come in at number 1 for the second weekend we still have a good chance of promotion.


Author: via Draycott and Long Eaton Table Tennis Club
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